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TwoFiftyTwo Restaurant

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116 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
Perfect For:
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion

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TwoFiftyTwo Restaurant is a restaurant that serves traditional America cuisine. The restaurant doesn�t serve any alcohol but is popular for its mimosas, belinis, and other beverages. Food offered by TwoFiftyTwo Restaurant is reasonably priced and served fresh. Lump crab cake and scallops are good as appetizers while the lobster risotto and the roasted lamb are the main dishes worth trying. The Guinness cake, the grilled pound cake, and the pumpkin doughnuts are good desserts to have at the restaurant. The House Brewed Iced Tea is the refreshment on offer.

TwoFiftyTwo Restaurant has a trendy, intimate ambiance which makes it a good place for a romantic dinner. The restaurant has a laid-back atmosphere and a friendly/ efficient staff.

Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, Organic
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 3:00pm;
Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
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Phone number
(908) 234-9093
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Melissa Hill
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Private party facilities
twofiftytwo is the perfect setting for celebrating a special occasion or hosting a corporate event. From ten to thirty six guests for a sit down dinner and up to forty five for a cocktail reception, 252 offers extraordinary food, an intimate setting, and gracious hospitality. In addition to creating a customized menu with our talented chefs, 252 works with local wine and liquor retailers to help you organize your event. 252 provides the perfect setting for a range of private events. For information on arranging a private event, please email Melissa Hill at mahill79@yahoo.com or call us at 908-234-9093.
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Private party contact
Melissa Hill: (908) 234-9093
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Catering
Full service catering company creating customized menus for our clients. Please contact us at 908-234-9093 or mahill79@yahoo.com
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Route 202
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Parking details
16 car parking lot behind the restaurant.
Additional
BYO Liquor, BYO Wine, Farm to Table, Outdoor dining, Takeout
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4.0
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3.8
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4.0Dined on January 31, 2014

went to 252 for my birthday with my boyfriend, we were both very please with the meal; particularly the crostinis and the pork dish. my dish, the bolognese was slightly bland however the pasta tasted homemade. the donuts were excellent and overall we had a very pleasant evening.

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5.0Dined on January 25, 2014

Excellent food and service. Definitely worth the trip.

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2.0Dined on January 11, 2014

Went there with my wife on a Sat night. The ambiance is very nice and cozy. Small place overall, noise level is a bit high. The food was well cooked and tasty, nice but nothing extraordinary. However, there were a couple of annoying things:
Although asked by the server, a couple of tables were "not" available; remained vacant all night.
No bread was available, response was "we don't have any, only the small bread bisquits; let me see any are left". $2 for 2 bisquits!! We order the 252 candy bar dessert ($12); asked to swap the pumpkin flavor instead of the vanilla. Charge was extra $1 for the change. To top if off, at the end the server brings the cork from another bottle.
Overall, left cold from a $90-100 evening dinner in Bedminster.

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5.0Dined on December 31, 2013

My first time dining at twofiftytwo on NYE did not disappoint! The food was delicious, and the service was outstanding. The intimate atmosphere felt like you were eating at a friends house. We will definitely be going back!

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4.0Dined on December 12, 2013

Great lunch spot, reasonably priced and nice relaxed environment. Beautiful dining room.

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5.0Dined on December 6, 2013

The only negative is that it was a little cold when the outdoor door opened.
Otherwise the food and service we're great. Love the BYOB part!!

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4.0Dined on November 30, 2013

Beautifully prepared "farm fresh" food

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4.0Dined on November 30, 2013

We ate there Saturday night of Thanksgiving weekend, and possibly because the small restaurant was not busy, we felt anything but rushed, though based on other reviews, we were expecting to be "pushed." On the contrary, the pace of the dinner was very nice, with adequate time between courses. The food, all around, was excellent, and the one person kitchen even divided some shared items before they were served, which is always a very pleasant surprise. I would specifically recommend the rack of lamb, something I order very frequently. It was outstanding. We look forward to going back.

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4.0Dined on November 23, 2013

Food was great! Quick meal though. No time to relax between courses. 70 minutes from sit down to finishing dessert.

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4.0Dined on November 7, 2013

Great lunch and BYOB which is great. Been here twice for lunch and had the 1/2 sandwich and soup. Both times were delicious.

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2.0Dined on October 23, 2013

Noise level - ridiculously loud. The restaurant was cold. No one greeted us at the door. You had to walk into the restaurant to get someone's attention. Service was lacking. And the food, for the price, completely disappointing.

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1.0Dined on October 18, 2013

Acoustics, acoustics, acoustics! Brutal acoustics!
Flavorless lobster risotto; with trace amounts of actual lobster at inflated prices. Other dishes average at best. I am not afraid to spend money, but this place too pricey. $7 for small portion of mashed potatoes? Fish taco with minuscule amount of fish? No parking? Decor on the cheap. But waitress was nice.
Did I say "acoustics"?

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3.0Dined on October 18, 2013

Good ingredients prepared skillfully. Perhaps a more aggressive hand with seasonings or ambitious use of different cuisine types would help but the kitchen was very good. Oddly loud for a very small room.

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5.0Dined on October 16, 2013

This local food restaurant's creative use of fresh ingredients is definitely worth a visit. The scallops are divine and my partner always orders the melt in your mouth brisket. A visit is not complete without trying the apple cider donuts - light, fluffy and hot - with the salted caramel dipping sauce.
The ambiance is warm and welcoming. Check out their cool barn wood wall when you first come in!

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5.0Dined on October 12, 2013

Absolutely wonderful. Awesome service, outstanding food, and special ambiance. Definitely worth the trip, sure to impress.

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2.0Dined on October 8, 2013

I could barely think let alone hear what my lunch guest was saying. There are no acoustics in the restaurant, all hard surface. I was loud and the sounds echoed around the room. Food was okay although my salad was drenched in dressing.

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2.0Dined on September 28, 2013

started to eat at this restaurant september 2012 and have gone back 6-7 times more all that has happened over time is continues a downward slope

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4.0Dined on September 28, 2013

Food was delicious. First time trying a fish taco and it couldn't have been any better. The hangar steak was cooked perfectly and the apple cider donuts were delicious. Hope to go back one day.

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4.0Dined on September 23, 2013

Took a friend to lunch, we are both vegetarians.. Wonderful soups and kale salad. Waitress was pleasanat and knowlegable.

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3.0Dined on August 19, 2013

Preivous visit was excellent, lunch on Monday was a disappointment with thin, barely warm soup and OK service. Hope to see the restaurant return to form on next trip

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5.0Dined on August 17, 2013

Love this place - fresh and delicious food -- and a great, always changing menu. BYOB makes it reasonably priced as well.

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2.0Dined on August 3, 2013

We were very disappointed in our latest visit to TwoFiftyTwo. The portions are very small for top dollar prices. Particularly disappointing was the fish taco appetizer. $15 for 4 mini taco shells that contained almost no fish or flavor. Our entrees were fine, but not memorable. Dessert was a total flop. The key lime pie was very dry with absolutely no lime flavor and was not served with ice cream as indicated on the menu. I used to consider this restaurant a neighborhood gem, but no more. We found the dining room a bit loud for easy conversation and service was rushed. We will not be back.

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5.0Dined on August 1, 2013

Four friends and I had a fun and delicious dinner at twofiftytwo. The waitress was very knowledgeable about the food and made helpful suggestions on how we could share or split various appetizers/salads and desserts. All five people enjoyed their dinners (scallops, chicken, and rissoto). The lobster rissoto was well seasoned, not too heavy, and had generous amounts of lobster. We split three salads for appetizers and the very tasty (!) cider donuts for dessert. Overall it was a lovely birthday dinner.

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5.0Dined on July 20, 2013

Fresh food, interesting combinations of ingredients and well thought out menu. Had a great meal and great dessert. Only issue is service is a bit standoffish.

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4.0Dined on July 13, 2013

Had a very nice meal, most dishes were delicious, some, like the crostini and the tomato quiche did not. "Meld well" but overall a very good. Main issues were that the food came out quite quickly, we completed our entrees in less than an hour. The service was attentive but did not display the warmth of the overall setting for the restaurant, which is in a quaint house.

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2.0Dined on June 15, 2013

Food was only so-so in this restaurant designed without a thought to acoustics. We were just a party of four at a small table and could not hear the conversation across the table. Although the chef attempted to create unique combinations, I didn't find the attempt successful. The slices of Brussel Sprouts in the Kale and Brussel Sprout salad were tasteless, raw, and hard to chew. And the sea bass did not benefit from the short ribs sliced on top of it. Very disappointing!

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5.0Dined on June 6, 2013

First time there. Had lunch on the adorable porch with my friend. Inside was decorated perfectly and very clean. Waitress was great!! The only reason I didn't give the food a 5 star was our chili was luke warm, not hot and it seemed to take just a little long for the food to come out?? Not really a big deal...( I didn't bother saying anything, we were starving). I would definitely go back!!!

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5.0Dined on June 1, 2013

Food was excellent, service was great. The donuts were made fresh and one order was enough for 4 of us. The entrees were all prepared nicely and BYO always keeps the price down.

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3.0Dined on May 29, 2013

Loved the imaginative use of local fresh produce and seafood. We were over an hour late, but they never questioned, frowned or put us on the defensive. Service was gracious, and when we apologized for keeping our server late, she replied she couldn't leave any earlier, anyway. Really enjoyed the evening and will be sure and return.

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5.0Dined on May 24, 2013

We chose 252 for my birthday dinner on a Friday night. It was surprisingly empty, but the weather was horrible. We were seated promptly. The server took little time explaining the menu and her recommendations. Thankfully, our choices were delicious.

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1.0Dined on May 10, 2013

Went to dinner with my wife, had reservations for 8:30 on a Saturday night. Place was empty except for one other table which was finishing up. Waitress seemed disinterested and acted like we were a bother to be there so late. I do not understand why they would accept reservations if they had wanted to close early for the evening. Overall food is excellent here, our second time dining here, however service needs to improve if they expect to keep customers returning.

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3.0Dined on April 27, 2013

While quality and preparation are always first rate I still feel that prices are a bit expensive. $12 for what amounted to three spears of green asparagras and one white with three blanched ramps in a tasty vinegarette was a bit excessive. Saturday night was quite busy, the noise was excessive and the service lacking. A much better experience was had on a week night.

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5.0Dined on April 10, 2013

I dined at TwoFiftyTwo last night for the first time with friends. What a great little restaurant! It was very quiet, as we were the only table there until about 8 p.m. The food was excellent, and our waitress was very attentive, but not overly so. The atmosphere there is crips and and sleek, and they had good music playing in background. They started us off with these amazing biscuits with strawberry butter which I could have made a meal out of - they were delicious! We had all started off with the bruschetta, which was equally good. My skirt steak excellent, as were the scallops and the roast chicken my friends had. A great meal, all things considered, and the three of us agreed this was a great place - check it out!

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2013

Really neat little restaurant - food was very good. Setting is intimate and service was good.

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3.0Dined on March 22, 2013

Decent selection on the menu but lacked something that might blow me away. Just expected more. The best thing on the menu was the doughnuts for desert. Not that it was a fault of theirs, but we were seated by the door and although they had a curtain up to block the draft from the chilly air outside the night we dined there, it still came in throughout the night and hit us. All and all, an ok place, would like to try it for lunch. Would chose other places in the area for more special occasion meals.

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3.0Dined on March 22, 2013

Parking was a problem; had to park next store in the postal office parking lot under threat of towing all cars.

They took us right on time; Both servers where very personable and responsive. The celery soup was excellent. The main courses (Flank Steak & Pork Ragu Parpadelle) were very good but the portions where very small. I left hungry. The desert offerings were lacking.

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2013

I can only speak to the atmosphere at lunch time but it was very relaxing and the food was fresh and flavorful at a reasonable price. The interior is warm and inviting and up to date. I can't wait to go back when the weather is nice to eat on either the covered front porch or the back deck that has a bar seating area that would be a nice stop after work. It's a BYO which I love. I definitely recommend Two Fifty Two.

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5.0Dined on March 2, 2013

Quaint, intimate, down to earth BYO. Food was excellent from the biscuits with strawberry butter to the grilled pound cake. That rack of Lamb was done to perfection. We went with friends and all had a very good experience. It is a small, open dining room which makes for a more lively atmosphere. However, we did not find the noise levels to ever get to be too much and had no problem enjoying the meal or conversation. We will definitely go back.

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5.0Dined on February 23, 2013

Two Fifty Two is the perfect place to have an intimate dinner for two or a double date. The wait staff was super attentive and the food was excellent. We ate around 8pm on a Saturday night and when we arrived we were one of the only couples there, however by the time we finished our meal the place was packed out and there wasn't an empty seat to be found. The restaurant itself is charming and I love the cozy layout, although it can be a bit loud because the floors are wood and the sound bounces everywhere. Can't wait to go back!

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4.0Dined on February 20, 2013

Great little spot for some of the standards along with an assortment of interesting and innovative dishes to mix it up. Was there during a packed house with only one staff on as combination waitress/hostess/server and the service was still great. Definitely will return.

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